Today post is on MARS volume 12 by Fuyumi Soryo. As it is the 12th in the series you need to have read the first 11 to understand the story. It is published by Tokyopop. The cover has Kira on it looking at the reader with a very intense gaze. The intended reader is young adult but this has enough teen drama that adults can enjoy it too. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this volume. The story is told from Kira's perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- Secret Lives
Kira has finally left home and is one her own, but she feels safe with Rei by her side. When Kira finally meets Rei's father for the first time, she is surprised to find he is a familiar face from her past. As Kira and Rei explore his mammoth mansion, shocking family secrets are revealed. As Rei grapples to cope with the unearthed memories of his past, Rei leans on Kira for some much-needed support.
Review- This volume is all about character. Rei and Kira get a lot of growth time. Kira's mother lets her leave home to be safe. Rei's father wants to help them so they move into his house. Then Rei starts to deal with unhappy memories about his mother and Kira learns something terrible about Sei. The drama is there but it is quieter than in previous volumes. Kira and Rei have to make some adult choices and deal with what that means. Rei remembering things about his mother is going to change the way he sees things. What he remembers is not good. In addition Kira now knows more about Sei's death and what she is going to do with this knowledge. Good pacing for this volume. With the volume ending as this bombshells drop more drama is coming up next!
I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.